I finished the book Forgotten God by Francis Chan which I read from January 10 through 13th 2012. I picked up this book because the Holy Spirit has always been a mystery to me. I know that I often neglect and overlook the third being in the Trinity and this book brought me back to remembering this Powerful Being. Overall this book is alright, at times I just wanted to get through the book because for me it dragged on and I felt a bit repetitious. I do not mean any disrespect to Chan’s attempt to make known the Holy Spirit. Maybe I am trying to hold this up to the same level as Crazy Love…
Also, pick this book up if you want to be challenged in your quest to know the Holy Spirit.
Things I liked
- I am truly humbled by the real life examples of people who are living the Christian life – from Dave Phillips (Children’s Hunger Fund) to Esther Ahn Kim who was a prisoner during WW2.
- Page 23 – Exegesis: an attempt to discover the meaning of the text objectively, starting with the text and moving out from there. Eisegesis: to import a subjective, preconceived meaning onto the text.
- Page 31 – Churches and ‘religious’ activities often take place without the Holy Spirit. This resonates with me because I know who Jesus and God are and I at times feel that this is fine
- Page 50 – Be sensitive to The Spirit. It is awesome and I should want it more. Also challenging to surrender all to God
- Page 86 – Do I want more of God so I can be put on a pedestal and to show the world what God is doing in me and bring attention to me? Challenging.
- Page 91 – What would the church look like if all Christians had my prayer life, tithe, commitment…not good here.
- Page 120 – Forget God’s will for your life. Abraham didn’t know – he was told just to go.
- Chapter 7 – God wants the praise…He is worth it. The prophets of Baal who said – The Lord is God! Also, made me remember the times where I knew that God had communicated with me.